tradition of the copper family
For over 200 years, one family in a small English farming village
has passed down an extraordinary group of traditional folksongs.
Copper Family of Rottingdean, Sussex, has been singing for at least
seven consecutive generations. Their songs, and their unique a
cappella harmony style, have influenced many other folksingers
throughout England and America. At this workshop, the Canadian trio
Finest Kind will perform some of their favorite songs from the Coppers'
repertoire. WKAR Radio's Bob Blackman (who wrote a comprehensive
article about the family for Sing Out! magazine in 2001) will talk about the Coppers and play a few of their recordings.
Bob Blackman &
life to the
Want to make words jump off the page, stand up and shout? This workshop
will show you how to infuse a poem, story or speech with vital energy,
how to catch and hold the attention of your audience. Together,
poet Ruelaine Stokes and singer/storyteller Claudia Schmidt will
teach basic oral performance techniques that will bring a jolt of
authentic soul power and verbal magic into any spoken word performance.
This workshop will be interactive and allow participants to practice
a variety of spoken word techniques. Fun!
Ruelaine Stokes &
to huck out, rain down on and comingle with a poem. Take on a poem
& a mike by hailstorm & hurricane!
Now it's your turn to use the spoken word techniques you have been
learning. Experiment! Practice! Dazzle your audience!
Can you hear those exciting, climbing
harmonies at the end of barbershop songs? The Sidekicks Quartet
will walk you though those "tags."
Parents and Teachers, Do you ever find yourself wishing you could
encourage your children to enjoy music more, or provide some new
musical experiences for your children to explore? Enjoy singing
to your son, daughter, grandchild, or student? Wish that music could
help solve some of the behavior problems that sometimes arise with
young children? This is the workshop for you. Betsy will take you
through a wide range of songs and music, showing techniques to invigorate,
calm, focus, or just enjoy music at it's most basic levels. Bring
a tape recorder, and expect to sing along. Children are welcome
and encouraged, but the workshop is actually designed for the adults
wishing to use music more in children's lives.
For over a century, villagers in Yorkshire, England, have gathered
at Christmas in the cheery warmth of local pubs to sing magnificent,
old, four part harmony carols—mostly Victorian-era treasures
heard no longer in mainstream churches, seldom in mass media, never
in elevators or shopping malls! Singing these carols is now also
a cherished local Christmas tradition in a neighborhood pub in Ottawa,
Canada, thanks to Finest Kind’s Shelley Posen. Join him at
the festival as he teaches some of these highly singable, unclichéed
hymns of yuletide cheer. You just might want to start a pub caroling
tradition of your own next Christmas. Music provided.
The hymn-singing style you heard in the movie Cold Mountain dates
back to the early 19th Century, but shape-note singers carry on
the tradition all over the country today. Find out how shaped notes
can help you learn to read music and discover the delights of singing
four-part harmony "in the square." Samuel Sommers of Elkhart,
Indiana, is our Singing Master. Copies of The Sacred Harp will be
available for purchase.
In the workshop, we will experience
the richness of Spanish-Speaking musical traditions. We will learn
some basic Spanish pronunciation, and learn the harmonies and rhythms
of popular songs in Spanish such as “Guantanamera,”
“Viva la gente,” “Somos el barco,” “Eres
tú,” “Gracias a la vida,” “Te recuerdo,
Amanda.” These songs from Spain and Latin America tell stories
of people’s hopes and sorrows, their dreams and experiences.
This workshop will explore the amazing contributions
of our Mid-Winter Singing Festival hero, Pete Seeger. Pete has devoted
his life to putting songs in the ears and, more importantly, on
the lips of millions of singers throughout the world. The problem
will not be which songs to sing, but which ones to leave out.
favorite introduction ever was from a presenter in Rochester, Mn.,
who said, Claudia Schmidt brings honor to the word "Hodge-Podge".
workshop celebrate that ongoing tradition by including a little
blues, a taste of original, novelty, and poignant gems. From "Fever"
"While I Live" to "Everybody Eats When They Come
To My House", an emotionalm
roller-coaster ride is guaranteed.
Traditional folk music has long
focused on death in its various forms. In this workshop, we'll examine
the experience of orphanhood, from early British and American tunes
such as "Poor Little Sailor Boy" and "Wayfaring Stranger"
to contemporary songs such as Utah Phillips' "Orphan Train",
O'Brien's "Lost Little Children" and Gillian Welch's "Orphan
Girl." We know it sounds depressing, but these songs are beautiful
and fun to sing, with lots of room for good harmony. Over-the-counter
anti-depressants will be
available at the door, and we'll vote on which song is most pathetic.
is my song
All are welcome to join Pat Madden in singing the songs and sharing
the sentiments that inspire and unite us in our desire to make a
difference in a world of war and injustice.
Join Canada's favorite folk music trio and weave your way through
harmony lines of
are working on a big surprise!
Can you laugh and sing at the same time? With a little help from
her Second Opinion friends, Sally Potter and Betsy Clinton, Pat
Madden will lead us through an hilarious hour of parody, revisiting
old melodies with new lyrics.
Sponsored by the City of east lansing
choir 3-5 pm
Join us for a fun and stimulating exploration of choral singing
and sight-reading basics. We will learn two song (Spiritual
by Ysaye M. Barnwell and Ain't No Power by Laura Love,
arranged by Rachel) to perform after the intermission at Saturday’s
evening sing (participants need to purchase Saturday evening sing
tickets). Sheet music will be handed out at the workshop. All welcome
– no previous choral singing or sight-reading experience required.
am to noon
to 2:40 pm
to 4 pm